Teenager denies murdering Afghan refugee in London

Hazrat Wali died on a playing field close to the gates of his college in west of UK capital

Hazrat Wali, 18, died after being stabbed near his college in west London. PA
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A 16-year-old has denied murdering an Afghan refugee in a knife attack outside a college in London.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of attacking Hazrat Wali close to a railway footbridge in October last year.

Wali, 18, a student at Richmond upon Thames College in Twickenham, west London, died from his injuries on a nearby playing field.

The victim left Afghanistan with his twin brother at the age of 12. His brother returned to Afghanistan but he was reportedly living with a foster family in London.

He was studying construction with the intention of returning to Afghanistan to help rebuild the country, his family said.

The 16-year-old appeared from detention at London’s central criminal court via video link from detention on Tuesday. A trial date has not yet been set.

Updated: January 12, 2022, 3:25 PM